Thick & Hearty Chili

Big Batch Homemade Chili - A flavorful, yet mild chili, perfect for parties and gatherings. This chili is a family favorite and serves a crowd!

This thick and hearty chili can be served with noodles or without. I prefer it with, my husband prefers it without. When I make it, I just make the noodles separate and add them as I need them. I think chili also freezes much better sans noodles.


1 (14.5 ounce) can Hunt’s diced tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 onion (chopped)
3/4 cup chardonnay wine
2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes
2/3 cup Heinz 57 steak sauce
6 slices bacon
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning mix
1 teaspoon ground cumin
15 ounce can of kidney beans (drained)
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Brown sugar to taste
Chili powder to taste
Elbow spaghetti (optional)


  1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine, pepper flakes, and steak sauce.
  2. While the tomato mixture is simmering, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper toweling.
  3. Cook beef and onion in bacon drippings until browned; drain. Stir chili seasoning into ground beef.
  4. Stir seasoned beef, cumin, and bacon into the tomato mixture. Sprinkle in some chili powder and brown sugar to taste.
  5. Stir in beans, cilantro, and parsley. Heat through and serve.

*If soup is too thick, add some water